5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

A visit to TASTE OF DUBLIN, BLOOMSDAY CELEBRATIONS, cycling around Galway for the BIKE BUFFET and more, find out what we’re planning this weekend …

WHERE: Iveagh Gardens, Clonmel Street, is the setting for Taste of Dublin which runs until Sunday 17. This year’s theme is the “Food Lover’s Playground” which will be celebrated with playful food, fun drinks and quality ingredients. Top billing at the Neff Taste Kitchen will be a demonstration on Friday June 15 by Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall (of The River Cottage), one of the most famous advocates of seasonal and ethical foods. We’re also keen to see the Tanqueray No Ten Terrace and Grapefruit Garden, as well as a chocolate demonstration by Lindt’s Master Chocolatier. Tickets are from €15, www.seetickets.com.

WHAT: The premiere stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s acclaimed novel Asking for It begins tomorrow Friday June 15 and runs until Saturday June 23 at the Everyman Theatre, Cork. It’s part of the Cork Midsummer Festival which is on until June 24 and features 56 new works and performances in unexpected places. www.corkmidsummer.com.

Emily Kilkenny Roddy

WHO: Two musical treats await this weekend. The 2018 France 100 is a five-day festival celebrating French organ and choral tradition with music from Claude Debussy, Charles Gounod and Lili Boulanger. It’s taking place in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Unitarian Church, Whitefriar Street Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church Dun Laoghaire, where a diverse programme also includes dancer Emily Kilkenny Roddy in a piece choreographed by Justine Doswell. www.pipeworks.ie.

Kilruddery House

Also happening this weekend, is the Great Music in Irish Houses festival, now in its 48th iteration. Rathfarnham Castle, Kilruddery House and the National Botanic Gardens are just three of the venues, while the music ranges from the familiar Bach, Beethoven, Debussy to living composers such as Thomas Ades, Edith Canat de Chizy and Ian Wilson. www.greatmusicinirishhouses.com.

Tara Breathnach as Molly Bloom 

WHY: We don’t need a reason to celebrate the writings of James Joyce and will be participating in our local Blackrock festivities for Bloomsday 2018, including A Play On Ulysses, adapted, produced and directed by Nastaise Leddy and Iris Park, which takes place at 6pm at the Blackrock Village Cross on Saturday July 16, with a prelude from Newpark Concert Orchestra at 5pm. There’s lots of activities taking place around the city – our picks include a performance of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from Ulysses at Bewley’s Café Theatre on July 16 at 3pm by Tara Breathnach. As we’ll be in Dalkey for the Book Festival this weekend, we’ll pop along to the Maeve Binchy Guided Walk (each Friday from 1.15pm) which starts at the Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Visitors can enjoy snippets of work from Binchy, Joyce, Flann O’Brien and more. There’s also two art exhibitions; “Drawing on Joyce” at the Oliver Cornet Gallery and “Moments of Joyce 2018” at The Duke Street Gallery includes readings from Joycean scholars, poetry recitals and music. www.bloomsdayfestival.ie.

WHAT: Cycling between food stops sounds like our ideal bike ride, which is exactly what’s in store for participants of Galway’s 2018 Bike Buffet. It takes place on Saturday June 16 at 3pm from John Keoghs Gastropub, finishing in Father Burke Park at 6pm. The menu includes a starter in John Keoghs, then a cycle to a secret location for an alfresco main course from Dela Restaurant. Dessert by Kai Restaurant is in the westend and an outdoor movie screening will end the day at Father Burke Park. Tickets, €30, are available on www.roisindubh.net or in house from Dela Restaurant on Dominick Street.

Penny McCormick

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